Pomp Is a Good Word

…and other one-sentence responses to the royal wedding.

Marriage is worth celebrating…with jubilant exuberance.

Joyful solemnity is just right.

Westminster Abbey is a gift to mankind.

I’ve never before seen a more beautiful veil.

I want to get married again so I can come down the aisle to I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me.

If you care about details, The Program is a must.

Happy to note that everybody sings the hymns;
I only spied one young woman who kept her mouth in a tight line.

The Queen was resplendent in her lemon suit; her smiles are (as glorious and as rare as) sunshine.

Pippa is a pippin!!

Did the Archbishop not have time to get a haircut???

Reading Dorothy Sayer’s The Nine Tailors helped me understand campanology, the study of bell ringing, particularly change ringing.

Interesting to study hands in this ceremony; I especially liked the Archbishop’s binding their hands together.

I am always tender toward the father of the bride when he walks her down the aisle.

James Middleton’s reading of Romans 12 is among the best Scripture reading I’ve ever heard.

Who were the women dressed like nuns?

BRAVO John Rutter!!

The hymn re-harmonizations and descants on the last verses give me goosebumps.

I miss my nephew Will, who could tell me the name and title of every VIP.

The organ and the trumpet are instruments well suited for majestic sounds.

I am all for a renaissance in millinery fashion: look at those hats!

The aerial shots, especially which show the cruciform architecture, make my spirit soar.

Blake’s Jerusalem never fails to move me.

Everyone sees what they want: a skeptic sees things skeptically; a believer sees faithfully.

The Ubi Caritas took me back, with happy sighs, to my Latin class. 

I love the phrase: lost in wonder, love and praise.

Horses and carriage trump motored vehicles for first choice for the Queen and Prince…I like that!

God Bless Your Marriage, William and Catherine.

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14 thoughts on “Pomp Is a Good Word

  1. It’s prerequisite for Bishops to have eyebrows like that. Google ‘bob duncan’. These guys need a trim!!I said to someone this morning, ‘NOW you know why we’re Anglicans!!!!’The whole thing thrilled my soul. Praying for those words and prayers to take deep root in the hearts of the bride and groom….

  2. Beautiful reflective post — now, I need to watch a replay of the wedding! (And with wonder and surprise, I think that maybe I’ll be able to sell my wedding dress now as it looks very much like Katherine’s with a train and veil that were the source of many compliments back in the 80s, but not enough to sell — until now, only sleeveless and backless styles have been in vogue) 🙂

  3. @jackug – I do like it, thank you!  During that same service (also linked on youtube) is Praise My Soul the King of Heaven, a familiar rendition to me because we often sing it at church.  You might also enjoy reading Leo Carey’s piece in the New Yorker.  I must admit that I am not a fan of ABC.  I read the letter, which gets high marks for natural revelation (in my grade book!) and low marks for revelation in scripture. I’m still the little girl who sang “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” 

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